TTS and Ulstein team up for 3D motion compensated cranes


TTS Group and ULSTEIN have joined forces in providing 3D motion compensated cranes to the offshore industry. This has resulted in the contract for a TTS Colibri crane to a newbuild offshore wind SOV project for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. Delivery is planned for Q2, 2018.

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The new product combines TTS’s competences in crane design and manufacturing with Ulstein’s expertise in innovative motion technology and analysis.

Two aspects make the TTS Colibri™ unique compared to other solutions in the market. ULSTEIN's inhouse developed Colibri™ system is a stand-alone add-on device to a standard offshore crane. It adds functionality, while the crane maintains its functionality as a full-fledged offshore crane including deepwater subsea capabilities. But what makes this system truly unique is its ground-breaking anti-sway technology, which also allows to mitigate wind induced motions which act directly on the load.

The TTS Colibri™ crane will come in a range of three different sizes: 1 mT, 3 mT and 7 mT. The first contract is for a 1 mT version, where the crane itself still has its capability to lift 3 mT with a 10 mT retrofit option.

“Joining forces has enabled both our companies to offer a serious and commercially very attractive alternative in this market segment,” says Carl Herland, Sales Manager at TTS Offshore Solutions, a subsidiary of TTS Group. “Moreover, the Colibri™ technology is also suitable for retrofitting existing cranes, making it a viable solution for upgrading cranes already in service. Hence, it offers ship-owners the possibility to create more flexibility for their existing fleet.”

ULSTEIN is active in shipbuilding, ship design, system solutions and handling equipment for vessels servicing the maritime industries, including offshore renewables, offshore oil & gas, cruise and RoPax. Since 1917, ULSTEIN has been associated with innovation and quality in design and delivery. ULSTEIN meets the demanding marine and offshore challenges by embracing change and identifying opportunities.

TTS Group is an international corporation that provides handling solutions and access systems for the marine and offshore industries. TTS is one of the top three largest suppliers worldwide in its specialized market segments.